There was no changing Coutinho’s mind- Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp poses with Philippe Coutinho when he renewed his contract with the merseyside club. PHOTO/Sky SportsLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 7 -Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool did everything in their power to try to persuade Philippe Coutinho to remain with the club.The 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder reached an agreement with Barcelona for a reported £142 million transfer, subject to his passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. Speaking in the wake of the news, the Reds manager said they tried to retain Coutinho’s services but were always up against it, following three failed bids from Barcelona that ultimately prompted Coutinho to put in a transfer request.Klopp told the club’s official website: “It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known.“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his team-mates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.“Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do.“I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona. It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.“I have been here long enough now to know in the history of Liverpool, key players have left before – but the club always goes on. You cannot transfer the heart and soul of Liverpool Football Club, although I am sure there are many clubs who would like to buy it.“I have so much belief in the talent we have here already and even more faith, together with our owners, that we will make continued investment into the playing squad, which will allow more growth and more improvement.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Science Site Promotes Polygamy

first_imgOn Valentine’s Day, a Darwinian science site has actively promoted polyamory, the “swinging” lifestyle.Live Science, a long-time promoter of Darwin-only views (and attacker of creationism), has outdone itself for Valentine’s Day: promoting polygamy and polyandry (hetero- or homosexual) as healthy alternatives to traditional marriage.  Although not mentioning evolution specifically in its parade of articles, it draws on what animals do for support.In “Polygamy May Be Good For You,” Live Science reporter Stephanie Pappas used the word of a Vermont psychologist to insinuate the “nonmonogamy” (which could include any non-traditional arrangment) is not so bad – it’s even healthy.  She’s talking about having multiple sex partners with knowledge of those involved.In “Five Myths About Polyamory Debunked,” Live Science reporter Stephanie Pappas alleged in a series of 5 short articles that nonmonogamous relationships are perfectly fine, citing “researchers” and an upcoming “International Academic Polyamory Conference” starting tomorrow at (not surprisingly), Berkeley.  Here’s “Myth 5: Polyamory is bad for the kids.”  Pappas quoted a “legal consultant” and “former Georgia State University professor” who is “writing a book on polyamorous families” as an expert: “One of the main things this does indicate to me is that these families can be really good places to raise children,” Elizabeth Sheff said. “Not necessarily that all of them, definitionally, are, but that they may be, depending on how families work it out,” despite questionable evidence.Live Science Staff posted a non-scientific poll: “Would You Consider Polyamory?”In “Love & Lust: 7 Lessons from the Animal Kingdom,” Live Science reporter Wynne Parry used animal antics of dinosaurs, salmon, squid and other creatures as teachers of human morality.Finally, in “The 5 Secrets of Seduction,” Live Science reporter Tia Ghose advised people on how to get a “pick-up”– not how to show faithfulness, honesty, or unselfish commitment.  This article had links to the polyamory articles.  The multiple authors and editor’s blessing makes Live Science a promoter of “nonmonogamy,” whatever it is.Of course these articles had nothing to say about STD.This is what you get with evolutionary amorality.  Animals are our teachers.  Anything goes.  It’s all an evolutionary game to pass on genes.  Ethics, agape love and honesty are meaningless.  We saw the progression with evolutionary psychology casting its imprimatur on homosexuality; now polyamory is on the threshold.  What will follow: child sexual abuse?  Rape and murder?  Don’t disbelieve it; this world view has no standards.  Darwinism even justifies cheaters (“non-cooperators”) as parts of the evolutionary game just as valid as the cooperators; that could include rapists and murderers.By praising “nonmonogamy,” Live Science has willingly opened a Pandora’s Box, declaring itself no friend of true science, but a promoter of evil.  Just watch: as with homosexuality, the initial shock will be replaced by acceptance, entertainment, then advocacy (see satire, “The Future of Cannibal Rights“).  Those who oppose the new non-monogamy sexual revolution in favor of traditional marriage will be seen as purveyors of hate who must be persecuted.  The book of Revelation describes a time when mankind, even when God’s judgment is falling upon them, would not repent of their immoralities (Rev. 9:20-21). Without a Christian revival, dark days are coming. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Japanese beetle in corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kelley Tilmon, Andy Michel, Ohio State University ExtensionWe have been hearing reports of Japanese beetles in corn and soybean. These beetles are large with a shiny copper and green color. Foliage feeding in corn is almost never economic, though economic damage from silk clipping is possible (though rare). Consider a rescue treatment when silks are clipped to less than ½ inch and, fewer than 50% of the plants have been pollinated, and the beetles are still numerous and feeding in the field.Japanese beetles will also feed on soybean foliage. While the damage might look startling, it is very rare that this reaches economic levels from Japanese beetle. A rescue treatment is advised when defoliation levels reach 30% in pre-bloom stages, and 20% in bloom to pod fill. These defoliation levels apply to the plant as a whole, not just certain leaves, and can also be used for general defoliation from more than one kind of leaf-feeding insect in soybean. A visual guide to defoliation is useful because it is very easy to over-estimate defoliation in soybean. If there are other foliage-feeding insects present in soybean the same percent defoliation guidelines can be used for all of them collectively.For more information about Japanese beetle and other defoliating insects visit our factsheet at: read more

Facebook Now Syncs With the iPhone (CORRECTION)

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… marshall kirkpatrick Facebook released an upgrade of its excellent iPhone app today and there were two very big changes. Push notifications will now notify you whenever people send you messages, tag you in a photo or comment on your messages – whether you’re looking at your phone at the time or not. That is going to change the Facebook user experience dramatically, increasing sychronous conversation and engagement on the site.More importantly, Facebook added the ability to sync your phone’s local contacts with your Facebook contacts list. Remember when Facebook kicked blogger Robert Scoble off of the site for exporting his contacts’ emails in bulk? The company said it was important that users maintain control over their contact info. Apparently it doesn’t feel that way about phone numbers any more.Update: Facebook has contacted us and said that the app in fact does not export the phone numbers found on Facebook profiles to the iPhone. It is only exporting profile photos and links to Facebook profiles, associating those with phone numbers you already have on your phone. I was confused when writing about the new sync feature and wrote this post under the mistaken belief that Facebook contacts and the attached phone numbers were being exported. That would have been interesting, but that’s not in fact what’s happening. I apologize for getting the story wrong. The syncing feature is very useful and sends to your iPhone peoples’ profile photos, phone numbers when available and a link to load a contact’s profile in the Facebook app. It does not export email addresses though, oddly enough. Emails have been obscured as an image to prevent machine export from Facebook, but phone numbers haven’t. Now that Facebook itself exports the numbers, anyone could take them off of a phone and do anything with them.This Summer when the slick new Facebook iPhone app was launched, developer Joe Hewitt told us that Facebook to iPhone contact syncing was coming – but said it was “a Terms of Service thing more than a technical thing.” Hewitt has since stopped working on the app due to frustration with Apple. But what happened to the Terms of Service objections?The funniest part? When you’re doing the bulk export to sync, the Facebook app requires that you agree to the following text: “if you enable this feature, contacts from your device will be sent to Facebook and your friends’ names, phots, and other info from Facebook will be added to your iPhone adress book. Please make sure your friends are comfortable with any use you make of their information.” (Emphasis added.)Ha! Is that all it takes to make export of Facebook users’ info ok? Well let’s apply this to some other forms of data while we’re at it, shall we?A number of theories could explain what’s going on:1. Facebook has changed its mind about user data privacy and control. The company is certainly pushing users towards being more open than ever before.2. Facebook was never really serious about privacy, the ban against exporting friends’ information was just a matter of corporate control and privacy was a ruse to justify it.3. Something else is happening that we don’t know about yet. We’ve contacted Facebook for a response, we’ll update this post if we get one.That said – this is a really convenient feature. It’s very handy to take a quick gander at someone’s Facebook Wall before calling them on the phone. The ability to do that is going to make Facebook much more important in my every day life. In other words, you should add me as a friend on Facebook so I can put you in my iPhone. (You should also become a fan of ReadWriteWeb on Facebook, while you’re at it.)Like it or not, honest or not, this is going to make Facebook much more useful for those of us who operate in the public sphere. Even most of us though, and certainly the bulk of the hundreds of millions of people who signed up for Facebook-the-private-social-network, do have some use for a degree of privacy. Each time another bit of that is taken away, it makes you wonder how long the rest of it will last for.Next: What’s coming next to the Facebook iPhone app? This Summer developer Joe Hewitt named 3 things that were coming soon and this update includes 2 of them. What’s still on the list? Read on to find out. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#mobile#news#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Things I Learned in the Great White North

first_imgAlthough I grew up in New York and attended college in New England, I have lived in the South for more than 30 years and have become physically acclimated to warmer weather and more accustomed to local building practices. My moderate-climate building experience is what leads me to speak up frequently about the fact that much of the information on GBA, as well as in the building science community as a whole, tends to be cold climate focused.So it was with some trepidation that I ventured north to Minneapolis in January for a DOE Building America Retrofit Team meeting that I was invited to participate in as part of Verified Green. Having just experienced several days of cold weather and a region immobilized by a cover of ice, I checked the forecast for Minnesota and was not too pleased to learn that it was not projected to be much above zero for my entire visit. I dug out the few pieces of warm clothing I own, which, while reasonably effective at keeping me warm for short periods of time, would have likely led to my quick demise had I been stuck outside for more than an hour or two where I was going. But enough whining about the weather. I was happy to have an opportunity to spend time with my friends Michael Anschel and Chaden Halfhill, as well as Peter Yost, Gary Klein, Ted Cater from Panasonic, and other industry notables.A great listPat Huelman of the University of Minnesota kicked off the DOE meeting with an overview of the project and a quick timeline of the evolution of green building, which succinctly described how each improvement led to problems that were solved by the next improvement:1. Insulation, which taught us about air sealing;2. Air sealing, which taught us about moisture;3. Moisture control, which taught us about ventilation;4. Ventilation, which taught us about combustion safety;5. Combustion safety, so we don’t kill our clients.I like his chronology, and I think it is probably repeated regularly by new entrants into high-performance construction—but it makes me wonder what the next items are on the list, because certainly we aren’t finished learning. Is worker safety the next one? What about product toxicity? Global warming potential? Who knows? But I think it will be interesting to see what’s next and when we figure it out.Freezing windowsProbably the most interesting thing I experienced during my brief foray into the sub-arctic was the amount of ice on the interiors of windows and glass doors, even high-performance multi-paned units. We all know that windows are the weak links in most buildings, but the importance of this tends to be lost on many of us in moderate climates; as long as we limit excess solar gain, we are generally fine. What I learned about cold climates is that in very high-performance buildings with excellent insulation and air sealing, the difference between the overall performance of the window and the rest of the envelope is so extreme that a combination of air movement past the gaskets at window sashes and humidity in the air can cause condensation at the edges of the glass as well as at window hardware. And when it’s well below zero outside, that condensation quickly turns to ice. I am now beginning to understand why northern builders like super-high-performance windows, such as those available in Canada and Europe. When building envelopes are leaky and less well insulated, air and moisture can move back and forth by any path, reducing the amount of condensation and ice on windows. So we may have another unintended consequence to add to Pat’s list. Ultimately, the most important thing I learned from this experience was that I don’t want to live or work in extreme cold climates on a regular basis.Temper, temperOne other cold-climate tidbit I picked up was the suggestion to install a tempering tank for incoming water before it is delivered to a water heater. Since municipal water supplies in the North can sometimes be only slightly above freezing, it was suggested that installing an un-insulated storage tank in the basement to store water before it is heated is a good energy-saving strategy. The tank will allow water to rise from the incoming temperature to the ambient basement temperature—often as much as a 30-degree rise—requiring much less energy to heat the water to 110 degrees in the heater. Sounds like a cool (or warm) idea, but, according to Mr. Anschel, these tanks are not readily available, so plumbers end up buying cheap water heaters and stripping off the insulation and heating elements. Now that sounds kind of strange to me.Regarding all these cold-climate issues I have raised, I realize that humans are quite adaptable and I would likely become accustomed to cold-climate weather (and construction methods) after a few weeks or months, and I might even begin to appreciate shorter, milder summers. I do think, however, that I’ll stay where I am for the time being. If I decide to move, I’m pretty sure it will be to another moderate climate—most likely not one like Minnesota’s, at least not for the winter. Brrrrr.last_img read more

No congregational prayers at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid for 17th consecutive Friday

first_imgNo congregational prayers were offered at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid — the grand mosque of Kashmir — for the 17th consecutive Friday since the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370 provisions on August 5 this year, officials said. Even though movement of public, private and transport vehicles was less on Friday compared to the previous day, shops and business establishments remained open till noon in most parts of Kashmir Valley and in some areas in the Civil Lines till late afternoon, they said. While there was a semblance of normalcy in the Kashmir valley over the past few weeks, a fresh shutdown started on Wednesday last week as posters threatening shopkeepers and public transport operators appeared at some places.The mosque in Nowhatta area in downtown Srinagar — the old city area — has been closed for prayers for nearly four months, officials said. People were barred from offering Friday prayers at the grand mosque after the Centre’s decision to abrogate the special provisions for Jammu and Kashmir given under Article 370 of the constitution as authorities apprehended that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at the mosque to fuel protests. The officials said pre-paid mobile phones and Internet services continued to remain suspended. Separatists remained in preventive custody while the mainstream leaders, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been either detained or placed under house arrest. The government has also detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety Act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the chief minister.last_img read more